By Ed Henry
I know were a republic, but we run around the world telling everyone else that they should become a democracy. Ive never heard any politician say that some Third World nation like Nicaragua, Guatemala or whatever should become a republic, have you? And in many cases, were not going to get off their backs until they come to their senses and become a democracy, like the rest of the free world.
We can even get pretty rough about it all. If some upstart nation doesnt fall in line and let its people pick their leaders fairly, were liable to bomb or embargo them until they come around to our way of thinking. This can get really nasty if some other form of government can be accused of building weapons of mass destruction, harboring terrorists, some other crime against its people or if our own national interests are involved.
If and when another nation finally agrees to free elections, well even send Jimmy Carter or some other dignitary down there to make certain everything is done right, that the elections are fair and carried out to the letter of the law. Thats OK. I dont want to dig too deeply into the motives and apparent arrogance involved with this so-called American expertise.
What I want to know, the question thats burning itself into my mind after our own most recent episode with the voting booth, is simply this. How many democracies in the rest of the world have an Electoral College???